Spring in Montreal, and like any good spring day we are having a snowstorm with a bit of freezing rain as an added kicker. The weather is nothing if not exciting in this city. Instead of letting it get me down, I figured that I would spend my time catching up on some research on my computer that is long overdue for work.
Unfortunately, today though my laptop is running sluggish, it boots up very slowly, and the web browser and other apps seem to take a lifetime to turn on. Then there are these pop-ups that come with regular consistency. Worst of all is that my PC actually crashed twice.
Dejected, I trudged through my work, what should have taken me an hour took me close to three. By the time I finished, I was tired frustrated and thinking to myself how bad can it be outside?
So what happened? Somewhere, somehow my PC had picked up some type of malware. The symptoms were all there. One of the principal activities of malware is that it slows down your operating system, whenever you’re navigating on the Internet or even just accessing your local applications.
Did my wife, kids or myself visit a less than a scrupulous website or download some kind of freeware and inadvertently install a potentially unwanted program (PUP)? When I looked through the browsing history of my laptop, I did not see anything that looked suspicious at all. How could that be?
So what is malware and how can I prevent it from infecting my computer?
If this scenario sounds familiar to you, don’t be surprised, in fact in 2018, it is estimated that over 2.5 million new malware types were created. Malware is a broad term for any software program that can disrupt or cause damage to your computer or the data contained on it.
These malware types may or may not be overtly malicious, but they nearly always negatively impact your PC’s performance as well as prove incredibly difficult to remove. In fact, the majority of the people whose computers are infected with malware don’t even realize it until it is too late and their PC is already compromised with viruses or the next-gen malware that slows down its activities and performance.
Luckily for all of us, there are tools and common sense techniques available to combat these threats. Web Companion by Adaware is one of the leading tools designed to combat the threat of malware and pop-ups. Web Companion works in the background scanning, identifying and eliminating malware, giving you and your family the added protection and security you need.
How does web companion work?
Web Companion uses a list of malware definitions that details known malicious or suspicious entities (viruses, worms, spyware, keyloggers, Trojans as well as other forms of malware), and compares the possible suspicious file to the list if the functions are the same, web companion flags it as malware.
Here are ten tips on how to prevent malware infections
In addition to implementing the proper anti-malware solution, here are a few insights that you can do at home to help ensure your protection
- Only access secured sites
- Keep your operating system up-to-date with relevant security patches
- Do not click on links being sent to your inbox from unknown senders
- Make sure you are using a good anti-malware solution.
- Uninstall software that you no longer use. Outdated software often has potential security issues.
- Never install applications that come from websites you do not know and trust.
- Do not share your device password with anyone.
- Increase your browser security settings
- Use anti-virus protection
- Beware of peer-to-peer file-sharing services
The Internet is meant to be a learning tool, a gathering place a fun experience, malware should never stand in your way. So stay informed and be vigilant.
If you have any concerns about your system or just want to say hello, the team from web companion would love to hear from you.